It’s been talked about a lot over the years, and some months ago we scooped that Jude Law was in the frame to star, but I was starting to think we’d never get to see the Dracula-with-a-nifty-twist tale, The Last Voyage of Demeter.
Fresh hope comes with the appointment of Neil Marshall to direct. Marshall was the director of Dog Soliders, Doomsday and Centurion, all of which felt more like tributes than originals, in many respects; and killer gollums caving pic The Descent, which was a bona fide cult smash.
I think Marshall’s fans will find him a good fit for this project.
In short, the novel idea is this: the story is set on board the Demeter, the ship that brings Dracula to England in Bram Stoker’s original Dracula. What was never revealed by Stoker is milked for every drop of suspense, as the boat’s “mysterious cargo” takes down the crew, leaving just the captain alive.
Basically – there’s a bit in Dracula where Alien happens, between the lines, and this is that story.
There seems to be one big problem: we will know from the start that the vampire wins. I hope that screenwriter Bragi Schut has worked out a way to pay things off nicely, and not just with a thud of inevitability.
The Hollywood Reporter have listed some of the previous directors and stars to have been attached: David Slade, Marcus Nispel and Robert Schwentke – I don’t know why they left off Stefan Ruzowitzky; Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace, the latter of whom would have played a stow away on the ship. It remains to be seen who Marshall might recruit.
Burst 3D, Hellfest and Underground remain on Marshall’s slate and it’s not clear which will go ahead first. I expect at least one of those is down for the count, in truth.